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The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is looking for a web editor — someone who can update the website and add events, stories, action alerts and other items.
The commitment is only a few hours a month, but it makes a big difference to our communications efforts. Please contact monablaber@gmail.com if you’re interested.


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks supporters deliver 15,000 petitions

Organ Mountains petition signers Dustin Chavez-Davis

By Dustin Chavez-Davis
Our Wild America
The campaign to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico is gaining momentum following a visit to the area in late January from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and delivery of 15,000 petition signatures asking President Obama to designate the monument.


Rio Grande Sierran Newsletter

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Join our team and stand up for New Mexico's air, public lands, water, wildlife and climate!

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The vibrancy and effectiveness of the Rio Grande Chapter is a direct result of the work of many active volunteers throughout New Mexico & West Texas.

Do you want to get more active in protecting the environment but haven't been quite sure how how to make a difference? Maybe you are only available on Saturday afternoons, but want to help when you can.


Moderate hike to Giant Footprint Ruins

Beautiful hike near Jemez Springs to the top of the mesa. About 6-8 miles. The hike starts with a possible stream crossing and then a very steep climb of about 500 feet up an old road to the mesa top and then cross-country to the ruins. Great views from atop the mesa thru pine trees. Marcia Skillman, (505) 699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com


Moderate hike to Giant Footprint Ruins

Beautiful hike near Jemez Springs to the top of the mesa. About 6-8 miles. The hike starts with a possible stream crossing and then a very steep climb of about 500 feet up an old road to the mesa top and then cross-country to the ruins. Great views from atop the mesa thru pine trees. Marcia Skillman, (505) 699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com


Could Game Commission block wolf release?

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair
Despite overwhelming popular support for wolves not only at recent hearings but in polling, the New Mexico Game Commission is considering a rule change to give itself authority to prohibit the release, importation or holding of any predatory animal for the purpose of reintroduction.


Crunch time for Mexican gray wolf

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair
On Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held the last of two hearings for its new proposals governing Mexican wolf reintroduction. The other was in Pinetop, Ariz. At both hearings wolf supporters outnumbered detractors by a ratio of 2 to 1 in the random draw to select people to testify. This ratio mirrors the overwhelming public support wolves enjoy.


New Mexico Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

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